Pakistani cuisine offers an interesting blend of North Indian, Middle Eastern and Central Asian cuisines. Reflecting the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity, the dishes vary from one region to another. Contrary to the popular notion of only meat items being cooked in Pakistan, there are scrumptious food items available for the vegetarians too.
Even before you taste these dishes, the rich aroma will begin to trigger the secretion of acids in your stomach and an urge to taste them will arise instantaneously.
Here we bring you the list of 10 mouth-watering Pakistani dishes that you should totally try at least once in your lifetime. And if you’re one of the blessed ones who are gifted with the talent of cooking, these dishes are a must try for you.
The most basic dish in a feast is biryani rice constituting either chicken or mutton, served in the traditional handi. Fried onion, garlic, papaya, a mixture of spices etc make up the list of ingredients. Garnished with coriander and mint leaves in the end just adds a whole new feel to the dish.
Keema, a finely minced mutton curry in its most basic form provides a foodgasm to most of the meat lovers. A variant of this basic Keema is the Aloo Keema that we should be thankful to Pakistanis for. Minced meat, potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, chilies and spices make up the crust of the delicacy.
Jalfrezi is a curry dish which involves the frying of marinated chicken, fish, meat or vegetables in oil and spices to produce a thick, dry sauce. When served with biryani and cream, this Jalfrezi has the potential to literally redefine the word tasty.
No, this is not the usual Karahi chicken that we are offered here. This form of chicken is usually available at the roadside Pakistani Dhabas. The list of ingredients include marinated chicken, oil, butter, yoghurt, various spices and coriander or mint leaves for garnishing. One bite of this dish and we bet finger-licking good will seem to be an understatement.
Kala CholaImage: Shutterstock
Kala Chola Pakistani style can be served with rice or as a full course meal. This dish that includes black garbanzo beans garnished with onions, tomatoes and mint leaves is one of the most easy-to-cook dishes.
Pakistani style vegetablesImage: Shutterstock
An easy-to-prepare side dish including various vegetables such as cabbage, tomato, onions, peppercorns mixed in ginger, garam masala, turmeric powder, paprika and salt is what we mean by Pakistani style vegetables. Sauté vegetables are used in the preparation of the dish.
Zarda – Sweet rice
This is one of the most common traditional sweet dishes that are served either after a full course meal or as a part of the meal itself. Consisting of rice, orange food colour, sugar, cardamom, vegetable oil, raising, almonds and walnuts and heavy cream, this dish is sort of synonymous to Pakistani food.
Mutton Bhuna Ghosht
Mutton Bhuna Ghosht is cooked with mutton cubes, spices, yoghurt and milk. This dish is tasted best when served with Jeera rice, which complements its flavor in a very relishing way.
Peshawari Chappali Kebab
A yummy treat to your taste buds will be this variant of Kebab. A dish of minced lamb kebabs cooked with eggs, pomegranate seeds and ginger is indeed a feast in itself. This can be eaten in combination with a rumali roti and chatni if you wish to try it with something other than the traditional apricot-jaggery-raisin sauce.
A lavish, spicy dish that is popular even in Lucknow and Delhi consists of a slow cooked beef or lamb. Usually, the stew is sprinkled with a blend of powdered spices and garam masala. Freshly cooked Nihari sprinkled with lemon syrup is usually served with rumali roti.